1955 Chevy Cameo - Orange Crush
Built out of love
Chris Sheldon of Henderson, Nevada, fell in love with the '55-'57 Chevrolet pickups when he was 11 years old. After several years of saving his money and finally buying one, life caught up with him and he and his wife wanted to buy a house and start a family. Making the tough decision to sell the truck he loved, in the back of his mind, Chris knew he would eventually build another one. This time around, Chris picked up a 1955 Chevy Cameo and spared nothing in building it exactly how he wanted it.
To get started on the build, Chris had Tom Barrie from Dolan Springs, Arizona, build the suspension. Tom started by parting the body from the frame in order to get to work on the chassis. He cut a C-notch into the rear framerails to give the rearend a little breathing room, and he then boxed the entire frame, filled all miscellaneous holes, and painted it. For suspension components, Chris chose a complete Heidts Super Ride II. The system comes with new upper and lower control arms, spindles, shocks, brakes, and rack-and-pinion steering. Everything came chrome from Heidts and bolted on without a hitch. For the rear, Chris went with another complete kit for simplicity, this time from TCI. A chrome four-link setup with coilovers arrived and was hastily bolted to the painted frame. Finally, for rollers, 18-inch Foose Nitrous II wheels were wrapped in Nitto NT555 tires, size 225/45R18 up front and 295/45R18 out back.
Making these wheels spin is an LS1 that was built by Mike Cinqmars, of Mike's Street Rods in Apple Valley, California. The LS1 is already a burly engine, so all Mike had to do was slip in a Comp Cams camshaft. For the bling effect, a Street and Performance (S&P) kit was used to route the serpentine belt and an S&P wiring harness runs all the necessities. Putting the power to the rear is a 4L60E transmission that is straddled by a Spin Tech exhaust system. The team at Mike's Street Rods then went to work on the body.
The front end was swapped out for Dynacorn replacement pieces, and the front and rear bumpers were filled, the gas filler door shaved, and the emblems removed. In the bed, birdseye maple bed wood was laid down with stainless steel stringers. A hole was cut out for a billet gas filler door and CPP mini-tubs were installed over the rear tires. After the body was prepped and primered, several coats of custom-mixed PPG Orange paint were sprayed and sealed, allowing the crew at Mike's to start work on the interior.
Chris wanted a luxury feel from the interior and that is exactly what Mike gave him. Starting with a Glide Engineering seat frame, seats were made and wrapped in vanilla Ultraleather, as was the headliner, by Luis Valenzuela from Victorville, California. The metal dash was filled, smoothed, and painted, and Auto Meter gauges were installed inside a billet dashpanel. For carpet, tan wool carpet covers the floor. Chris built a custom console that flows down from the dash to the floor. This console houses the tachometer, window switches, Vintage A/C controls, and Alpine touchscreen head unit. That head unit sends the audio signal to three Alpine amplifiers, which boost the signal and feed the four 8-inch Kicker Solo-Baric subwoofers behind the seat and two sets of Alpine components in the kick panels.
Chris finally has a truck that he doesn't have to get rid of and can enjoy with his family. His couldn't be happier with his build and wanted to thank first and foremost his wife, Audrey, for all of her love and support. He also wanted to thank Mike's Street Rods, Luis Valenzuela, Tucker's Truck Parts, Tom Barrie, and Pat Miller.